Free-agent outfielder Cody Bellinger is reportedly signing with the Chicago Cubs.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that Bellinger will join the Cubs, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan noted it will be on a one-year, $17.5 million contract.
The Los Angeles Dodgers non-tendered Bellinger following the end of the 2022 MLB season. Bellinger struck out 150 times while batting .210 and slugging .389. He had 19 home runs and 68 RBIs this past season. Bellinger won the National League MVP award in 2019.
Bellinger could’ve opted to return to Los Angeles for less than the $18-20 million he could have earned for 2023. Because of how good he was to begin his MLB career, Bellinger is a tantalizing reclamation project. And amid the cratering of his offense, he remains a plus defender and an effective base runner.
OF Cody Bellinger. Photo courtsey of Harry How/Getty Images